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What causes water damage?

Ceiling leakMany different circumstances can be cause for unwanted water in your home. From leaking pipes to faulty appliances, it is important to recognize the potential water damage causes. However, when disaster strikes, you can help alleviate these issues by calling the water damage restoration experts at Roto-Rooter.

Here are five common causes of water damage in the home:

  1. Leaking/Burst Pipes

    One of the most frequent reasons for water damage in homes is due to leaking or burst pipes. This can be from unregulated water pressure, temperature changes or general deterioration of old pipes. Uninsulated pipes also can freeze in the winter, causing pipes to burst.

  2. Plumbing Issues

    Plumbing problems tend to be the hardest to detect because the pipes and hoses are usually hidden within your walls. Be aware of dripping faucets, leaking or overflowing toilets, and leaks around your tub and shower.

  3. Worn or Faulty Household Appliances

    Hot water tanks and washing machines are the two most common appliances that cause water damage within your home due to weakened hoses and cracked pipes. Although other household appliances, including your refrigerator and dishwasher, are also susceptible to deterioration and leaks.

  4. HVAC Units

    Your air conditioner must be serviced regularly. Lack of proper maintenance could cause moisture accumulation, possibly resulting in a leak. The dampness can also serve as a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

  5. Clogged Gutters

    Gutters are will not drain water properly if they have blockage from debris such as leaves and branches. When this happens, water flows over the gutters’ edges and runs down the side of your home. This can cause water to seep into the home around your foundation.

  6. Toilet Overflows

    Clogs in drain lines or the main sewer line can prevent waste from flowing away from the home and cause the toilet to overflow. This overflow is known as black (dirty) water.

  7. Sewage Backups 

    Sometimes sewer systems cannot handle the volume due to heavy rains or other storms. Main sewer lines can also have issues that prevent them from carrying waste water away. In either case, sewage can backup into your home through floor drains, toilets and sinks. This is a very serious situation that should be handled by a water cleanup specialist to reduce the likelihood of health hazards.

The harmful effects of water damage can be reduced greatly by the prompt and reliable cleanup and services of Roto-Rooter’s expert technicians.

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